Female cats that have not been spayed will go into heat cyclically. Cats in heat means a lot of work for an owner, especially if the owner keeps the cat intact specifically for breeding purposes. So if your cat isn’t spayed and she’s acting strangely, there is a big chance that she’s in heat.
We can say that a cat is in heat or enters her estrus cycle when she is fertile and willing to mate. Female cats that are prepared to breed and in heat are known as “queens”. Estrus is usually seasonal as the queens go into heat in spring and fall.
Some factors, such as the cat’s age, how many intact male cats exist in the area, and the general health of the cat can also influence when she goes into heat.
When Do Female Cats Go In Heat?
Non-spayed female cats can get into heat or estrus as soon as the age of four months. The first heat of a cat generally happens during puberty, which is between 6 and 10 months for a kitten.
While a cat in heat technically implies that the cat is prepared for mating, during its first heat it is not advisable to breed a kitten. the kitten’s body is still growing, and becoming pregnant may lead to health problems.
Estrus has a duration of about four to five days. During this time, if a female cat does not become pregnant, she will re-enter heat in about two to three weeks. This is one of the reasons why you should have her spayed to avoid this cycle if you don’t plan on breeding your cat.
How Often Do Cats Go Into Heat?
Cats are polyestrus breeders, which implies that in one year they can go through several heat periods. They can have as many as five litters in a calendar year.
Cats are known as induced-ovulators, meaning that the actual mating act induces ovulation or causes the egg to reach the uterus. An egg travels to her uterus each time a queen copulates during her heat cycle, to meet the sperm of the male cat. This implies that one litter can have more than one father!
What Are The Signs Of A Cat In Heat?
If you have a female cat, and she isn’t spayed and seems acting a little odd, she might be in heat. Here are some common signs that female cats are in heat:
- Excessive vocalizing: If you have a female cat that she’s usually quiet and suddenly you notice she isn’t going to stop yowling, she’s likely calling out for a mate.
- Super affectionate: If you notice that the level of affection of your female cat has increased, it may be a sign that she is in heat. Cats in heat will rub up against any surface to spread their scents. When cats in heat, their scents change. Kitty let each tomcat know that she’s looking for a sire.
- She wants out of the house: Indoor female cats that are suddenly determined to get outside can be in heat. She may smell a possible mate outside, or she will proceed to spread her scent to announce her availability. If you’ve got an indoor cat, she might not come back as often.
- Excessive licking of the genitals: Cats in heat may probably have a swollen vulva or a slight discharge. So, if you have a female cat that is spayed, this could be a sign of an infection.
- She assumes the position: For prospective mates, cats in heat will present themselves by flattening the front of their body on the floor and sticking out their rear end.
Can I Spay My Cat While She Is In Heat?
Yes, you can spay your cat while she’s in heat, but many veterinarians are going to recommend waiting until her heat cycle is over.
During a cat’s heat cycle, the reproductive organs become engorged with blood, which means that the spaying can take more time and cost more than a spay one when a cat is not in heat. So, if your priority is to not have a pregnant cat, then you should spay your cat as quickly as possible, even if it’s in heat.
Finally, spaying your female cat will not only stop her from going into heat in the future and from getting pregnant, but it will also prevent her from trying to escape while she is in heat.
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